I saw Andrew Bird at JazzFest on Saturday!
"When I hear the old albums now, it surprises me how restless and energetic they are. There are a lot of ideas packed in there: so many segues and intros and outros and bridges and diversions from the song. The performances sound like, well, you’re 23 and can’t contain the amount of energy you have. Technically, I’m like, ‘Wow, how the hell did I do that?’"
"I went into this big phase of playing solo and developing this whole self-sufficient, self-contained thing and just toured like crazy. I could pick up and go anywhere, indulging that solitary impulse for years. It became this weird ritual where the audience were my band; I needed them for support. The solo shows are still, I have to say, a bit more gratifying. But you feel like a monk. You’re going for days without laughing or speaking sometimes. It’s a devotional kind of experience."